|Physician Integration Approaches|
The history of Summit Heath and driving forces for Summit
Physician Services were recently discussed providing key insight into the success
of their patient centered medical home and the history of the Chambersburg, PA system.
On March 23, 2017, four health executives discussed their challenges and
successes regarding corporate structure, service locations, workforce overview,
physician involvement and more. This face-to-face discussion was an opportunity
for all to dissect Chambersburg Hospital, Summit Health, and Summit Physician Service’s
approach to historically employ physicians and grow. This perfectly planned
discussion allowed attendees to discuss the factors driving integration and how
they have attracted physicians into or back to their local area.
There has been no lack of challenges for the system, which provided
depth of information outlining the precursors to their actions. The history
overview began nearly three decades ago and included the joint venture of their
surgery center and community physicians. Now, when they were reviewing the keys
to success they cited: Physician Leadership Hierarchy, common infrastructure,
alignment with system goals and values, operating with benchmarks of
productivity and efficiency, evolving physicians to lead patient care teams,
and compensation systems that reward individual and group performance with
relation to productivity, quality, service, and citizenship. They cited their involvement of physician
leadership and operational directors with involvement of senior leadership.
It is true, there has not been a case discussion in
Chambersburg, PA for a number of years and the Healthcare Executive Forum was
responsive to the request for an event in the area. The details listed above
and our Keynote speakers discussed more and HEF is extremely thankful for their
dedication to healthcare management opportunities like these. If you were not
in attendance the day of event, the presentation is available on the Eventbrite
This 1.5 face-to-face credit event was the first
of five events to take place in 2017.